And what be a pirate’s favorite book? ARRRRRRISTOTLE. MARRRRRRCEL PROUST. HANNAH ARRRRRRRENDT.
Ah we jest, ye vagabonds, but arrrrrrrrrrr you in need of a good Talk Like A Pirate Day read?
Listen up buckos! We’ve pillaged across the seven seas to bring you scallywags the best of our buried treasure. So batten down the hatches, because this literary storm is a – brewin’. Landlubbers best be stayin’ on shore, or ye’ll surely walk the plank.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen, here arrrrrrrr some favorites:
CAPTAIN BLOOD by Rafael Sabatini
Blimey! A swashbuckling romp with a buccaneer leader if there ever was one. But aye, he’s a good man through and through, not a bilge-sucking scurvy dog.
ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe
Noble pirates! Warms us to the brisket to see a buccaneer save the day. Dead men tell no tales, and without pirates, Crusoe would be down with Davy Jones today.
TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson
Grab yer cutlass: the haunting tale of the “Black Spot” is enough to send shivers down yer’ black spine. And if yer wee lads need a movie that isn’t rated ARRRRRRRRR – Muppet Treasure Island is your booty here.
THE WIDOW CHING – PIRATE – Jorge Luis Borges
Lassies can be pirates too. Borges fictionalizes the tale of fierce female pirate Ching Shih: “a lady pirate who operated in Asian waters, all the way from the Yellow Sea to the rivers of the Annam coast.” Saavy?
THE THREEPENNY OPERA – Bertolt Brecht
Pour out a grog for Pirate Jenny, me lads! “Kill them now, or later?”
PETER PAN – J. M. Barry
Avast ye, Hook. Aye. Not for all the doubloons in the South Sea would I stand atop a crow’s nest and look upon the man.
CON MEN AND CUTPURSES – Ed. Lucy Moore
All hands hoay! We’re teamin’ with classic sailors in this one – William Kidd, Blackbeard, John Lancey, Edward Trelawney. And even some of the great lady pirates. Anne Bonny and Mary Read: These beauties be fearsome as the day is long!
Aye aye matey, get off your sea legs, drop anchor, and enjoy these classic stories from the sea. Ahoy me hearties!